April 10, 1936 – March 30, 2021
Roene Mae Cammack died on March 30 in Birmingham, AL. Born on the kitchen table of a farmhouse near Garnavillo, IA, to Eva (Groth) and Alfred Burghardt on April 10, 1936, she was a lifelong teacher and organizer. After graduating from Randalia High School, Roene earned a teaching certificate at Iowa Wesleyan College before earning her bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa and, later, a master’s degree in education. Her career as a teacher spanned 35 years, beginning in Denver, CO, where she taught for two years before returning to Iowa. Roene eventually retired in 1996 from Harding Middle School in Cedar Rapids, IA after 24 years of teaching seventh graders there. She also served as president of the school board for the Marion Independent School District. In 1961, Roene married George Cammack, and they settled in Marion, IA, where they raised their sons. Together the family explored the United States each summer and eventually achieved their goal of visiting every state in the Union. After retiring, the couple lived in Sedona, AZ for almost 20 years and celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary there among the red rocks. After George’s death, Roene moved to Birmingham, AL, to be nearer to her sons. Roene was born a teacher and advocate for those she cared about, and she cared about the entire human race. Everyone who knew her considered her “a force of nature” and often saw the outspoken and occasionally ferocious defense she mounted whenever she saw injustice. Throughout her long life, she used her daunting energy to work with her church and civic groups to make this a kinder, more generous world. Roene leaves behind an extended family. In addition to her sons, John (Ari) and Tom (Tammi), she is survived by siblings Veryl Burghardt (Patricia) and LuAnn Berthel. A flock of descendants who adored her include seven nieces and nephews, 10 grands and two great-grands. In lieu of flowers please honor Roene with a donation to the P.E.O. Foundation, Chapter B, Birmingham, AL or a charity of your choice.
A Memorial Service in her honor will be Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Southern Heritage Funeral Home in Pelham, Visitation will immediately follow service.
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Southern Heritage Funeral Home
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Southern Heritage Funeral Home
April 12, 2021
Mrs. Cammack was my 7th grade language arts teacher at Harding in the early 90's. She was a fantastic teacher that ignited my love for reading and writing. She had such an energy when she walked into the classroom. I will never forget her passion for her students and their success.
April 11, 2021
I knew Roene as one of my Dad's neighbors at Somerby. She had a zest for life and our paths would typically cross in the hall or elevator as she was cheerfully on the go. As my Dad's health deteriorated and I was at Somerby more often, Roene would never fail to ask "How's Dad?" when we would meet, and to offer a lighthearted message for me to deliver that would make him smile. The first sympathy note I received after my Dad passed last May was from Roene, written on a note card featuring one of Roene's beautiful watercolors. I will always remember her kindness to my Dad and to me over the years; it was our pleasure to know her.
April 8, 2021
What a beautiful tribute... I had the pleasure of knowing Roene through Somerby; she was a selfless, genuine lady so full of life! We enjoyed countless conversations - she made a “travel to do” list for my husband and I when we traveled to Sedona a few years ago. We enjoyed a meal at one of her favorite breakfast spots, the Coffee Pot restaurant. She was a dear friend to many and will be sorely missed.